In Naples, Fla., landscape architect W. Christian Busk installs “living driveways” that feature real grass interspersed among pavers. That reduces heat and glare and provides some drainage.
“We blur the lines between where driveway ends and where landscape begins,” said Busk, president of Busk & Associates. “It always looks beautiful.”
Back in Pasadena, the concrete-and-brick option that Ulick chose is popular among the many Craftsman and other historical homes in the area, said Mark Peters, the chief estimator for Boston Brick & Stone, which helped create Ulick’s driveway.
“It’s a very rich feel, and it’s understated,” Peters said.
Since he got his driveway in 2009, Ulick said, he has received many compliments, and people sometimes stop to ask if his driveway is the original.
“That’s a bigger compliment,” he said, “that it looks like it’s been done years and years and years ago.”